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May 8, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. >> john: key testimony came from gregory hicks. hicks said he requested an f-16 fighter to be sensed to buzz the bengahzi compound in hopes to scare attackers off but was turned down. he was asked that special forces teams could to be sent to bengahzi only to be turned down again. how did the special forces feel about that? >> they were furious. i can only say well, i will quote lt. col. gibson who said this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than someone in the military. >> john: however in the pentagon spokesman george little said i quote: >> john: but for many conservatives the big question of the day was if any of the testimony could be tie the bengahzi attack to hillary clinton. sense last fall fox news and it's fellow travelers have cleaned the white house knew that the attack was caused by terrorist but was a cover up as the president as a tough leader in the war on terror. susan rice went on talk shows supporting the claim that an anti-video protest had gotten out of hand. >> she blamed this attack on a video, and in fact she did it five different t
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May 7, 2013 4:00pm PDT
concerns the third time period. between the attacks in benghazi. between those attacks. gregory hicks, a state department official, posted in tripoli said, he asked for four special forces personnel to be sent to benghazi but was refused. the defense department says the four personnel weren't ready for combat. also, they were needed to defend the embassy in tripoli. a second charge congress will hear tomorrow, also concerns that third time period. the one between the attacks. mr. hicks said he asked for fighter planes to do a flyover of benghazi. he says it would have scared off the terrorists and prevented the second attack. well, defense department says there that the planes stationed over in italy needed to be refueled en route and there was no tanker in the area to do it. let's take on the charges. let's take a look at them. we're joined by andrea mitchell, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent and host, of course, of "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. let's get to this first charge. gregory hicks, deputy chief of our embassy in tripoli at the time of the benghazi attack. he tol
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May 8, 2013 4:00am PDT
before the house oversight committee. one of them is gregory hicks. he was deputy ambassador at the time of the attacks. he's expected to tell lawmakers not enough was done to stop these terrorist attacks that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. hicks, a 22-year veteran of the state department, told criminal investigators that while the assault on the consulate was occurring, he asked defense officials to zramable a fighter or two over benghazi to scare the insurgents away. the answer, he said, was it's too far away, there is nothing. hicks also said a special forces unit in tripoli was ready to go but was told to stand down. house oversight committee chairman darrell issa. >> this is one of the most disturbing parts of gregory hicks' testimony is that assets were available, they were military in nature, they were best trained, best equipped, and most likely made to save lives, and they were taken off the plane. >> reporter: obama officials say no military resources would have made it in time. the september 11th attack has led to a politically charged debate in
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May 6, 2013 6:00am PDT
points were wrong. cia knew it was a terrorist attack the deputy chief of mission, gregory hicks, knew it was a terrorist attack the ambassador before he died, one of the last words he ever said, we're under attack. martha: really explosive stuff. we also know who these witnesses will be at this testimony this week. security officer eric nordstrom, on the left and gregory hicks, very central character here. he was the number two to ambassador chris stevens. spoke to him as it was unfolding the night of the attack. mark thompson, who we don't have a pick of, he is the from the department's counterterrorism bureau. bill: stephen hayes. a morning to you. piece online on "the weekly standard". >> good morning, bill. >> tell us about the focus of these talking points. before susan rice went on the talk shows on sunday, why is that such a keen part of this investigation? >> well it foes back to the friday before those appearances and what she was going to say. and what you had happen was a request from dutch ruppersberger, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee for talking
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May 8, 2013 12:00pm PDT
nordstrom, and gregory hicks game the top u.s. diplomat in libya after the death of our embassador, chris stevens. today hicks recounted the minutes and hours after the attack broke out in benghazi, libya, including what he called the saddest phone call of his life from the prime minister of libya. >> he told me that embassador stevens had passed away. the -- excuse me. our team responded with amazing discipline and courage in tripoli in organizing a withdrawal. i have vivid memories of that. >> the attack on september 11 that year killed sean smith, two former navy seals, tyrone woods and glen doherty. gregory hicks told the house committee until the aftermath of benghazi i loved every day of my job. mike, witnesses confirmed it looked like a terror attack. >> a lot of talk about that. gregory hicks was asked if there was ever talk from a top libyan official about anti-muslim video perhaps the cause of the benghazi attack. he said no, sir. then this exchange. >> when embassador stevens talked to you perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say
FOX Business
May 8, 2013 10:00pm EDT
attacks, gregory hicks, libya's regional security coordinator eric nordstrom, and state department visual mark thompson all contradicted the white house's versn of what took place that day and the white house explanation of its response in the days and weeks that followed did congressional investigators learning key details that have not been publicly obama administration. we learn with a like a response americans under attack by terrorists and the or communications between the state department and the pentagon. this confirmed forces were available in tripoli but werr told to stand down before they could embark on a rescue attempt. >> we determined that we needed to send second team from tripoli to secure the airport for the withdrawal of our personnel from benghazi afr the mortar attack did >> or any of u.s. military personnel not permitted to travel on a relief mission to benghazi? >> they were not authorized to travel. >> what happed with those personnel? >> they remained in tripoli with us via lou: we also learned hicks was never contacted by the investor of the united nations,
MSNBC
May 7, 2013 10:00am PDT
, including one witness, the former deputy chief of mission, gregory hicks. hicks claims that two of the four americans might have been saved, if he had been able to send four special forces operatives from tripoli to scare off the terrorists. but he said he was overruled by the military. utah congressman jason chafitz is one of the congressman with this. i know gregory hicks has very dramatic testimony, we've read the transcripts. let me pause at what the pentagon is saying and and get your response. the pentagon is saying number one, that the four special forces operatives had to remain in tripoli to guard the embassy there and they were not combat ready and his suggestion as well that there could have been a flyover of f-16s from aviano in italy to buzz the terror attackers and scare them off. wouldn't have worked. because they were five hours away and would have to be refuelled mid-air and there were not refuelers present. has your committee taken that argument into consideration? >> well, sure, that's why we're want to hear testimony from the career foreign service person who is the seni
FOX News
May 7, 2013 10:00pm PDT
want to talk to gregory hicks, who is the number two in the embassy after the ambassador? >> because he's an eyewitness. he's one of the few eyewitnesses. i'm tired of hearing politicians guess at what happened or people theorize. i want to talk to the eyewitnesses and he was in charge after the death of ambassador stevens. in fact, ambassador stevens' dying declaration, full, was made to gregory hicks. he doesn't have a political bone in his body and he's an eyewitness. i want people to hear from him and people can judge for themselves whether this administration has been honest and forthright. >> did the state department designate an investigative body, the a. r. b., did they speak to gregory hicks at all in their investigation? >> they did, but he is not satisfied with that report. he didn't have access to classified information. he didn't have an opportunity to review his testimony afterwards. and the clear implication that he drew from the a. r. b. was that it was calculated to insulate or to protect the higher-ups within the state department. and that's a common trend. let's bl
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May 9, 2013 1:00pm PDT
were told to stand down. that's the account from diplomat gregory hicks about the attack that killed his boss u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans. three state department witnesses said they were frustrated and angry with the response to the siege during testimony in front of a house committee. the attack happened on then secretary of state hillary clinton's watch last september. the man who replaced her, john kerry, today said he is ready to answer any questions. >> i am absolutely determined that this issue will be answered, will be put to bed, and if there is any culpability in any area, that is appropriate to be handled in some way with some discipline, it will be appropriately handled. >> chief congressional correspondent dana bash joins me now. first the unanswered question about why the military did not do more to aid those helpless, largely defenseless americans in the consulate. it was disputed in an interview with me claims that the military could have done more. okay. we don't have that sound available. in any case he disputed that the military cou
FOX News
May 8, 2013 2:00pm PDT
house committee on the benghazi terror attack on 9/11 last year. mark thompson, gregory hicks and eric nordstrom have been given their october that day and afterwards. one of the big questions, why did not susan rice call it a terror attack after that day. listen. >> what happened initially it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video that people gathered outside the embassy. then it grew very violent. >> fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed it on a video, she did five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. i was embarrased. >> dana: greg, you were watching the testimony earlier today, what do you think? >>. >> greg: i have to say media, is president obama's scandal condom. nothing gets through. they catch a break no matter what. hillary should put charles ramsey on her ticket. bob, you said, it is incredible, an amazing story you have the democrats in these hearings carrying more water an fleet of camels. you have media, they see somet
FOX News
May 5, 2013 4:00pm PDT
news has revealed and was the first to reveal the names of eric nordstrom, gregory hicks, and mark thompson. they will speak publicly together for the first time this weekend in front of the house oversight committee. utah congressman jason shay fits will be at the hearing. he accuses the obama administration of trying to suppress them. >> they're scared to death of what the state department is doing to them. look. we're the other branch of government. they need to be able to reveal this type of information. >> the obama administration denied those accusations several times. press secretary jay carney said last week the white house is not aware of any agency attempts to keep any potential witnesses from coming forward. elizabeth prann with more from the d.c. bureau. >> reporter: ahead of wednesday's house hearing response to the terrorist attack that cost four american lives in benghazi, we're getting a peek into one of the whistle blowers' testimony. the house oversight committee releasing a transcript of the interview of the deputy chief of the mission at the ambassador in libya,
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May 8, 2013 10:00am PDT
accountability review board and its work. >> you interrued gregory hicks who testified emotionally today, the deputy chief of mission, the last person who we know of to speak to ambassador stevens, and stevens said to him on the phone we are under attack. he still believes, according to the defense attache that they could have gotten help sooner, within two or three hours, not five or six hours as as secretary panetta and others have said from the military. what is your understanding of this? you took testimony from him at your review board. >> andrea, we interrued greg hicks at length. i great admiration for the work he did under enormous pressure. he performed very very well and everybody has complimented him on that. his own testimony in my view makes clear, while he had tomed for aircraft relief and in i were in his position i would have felt the same way, the defense attache and subsequently defense officials make it clear that the aircraft were two to three hours away, but there were no refueling aircraft available. that speaks for itself action and i don't see any contradict
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May 8, 2013 9:00am PDT
go to repel the attack. >> we're listening to gregory hicks. he was the deputy chief of mission, the number two diplomat at the u.s. embassy in tripoli, libya, when he got that phone call from then-ambassador chris stevens saying the consulate in benghazi is under attack. and he's explaining what he was going through. we're going to be picking up this story shortly. i want to bring in jake tapper though. he's here in washington with me listening very carefully. this is a politically explosively charged hearing that's underway right now because the upshot of what the chairman, daryl issa and other republicans are suggesting, is simply, a, that the obama administration was inept in dealing with this crisis on the anniversary of 9/11 and later potentially the accusation they're making him engage in a cover-up to make them look better. >> that's right, wolf. but if you strip away the politics, what you have here is a number of state department officials nonpartisan, presumably, mr. hicks being one, eric nordstrom who was the regional security officer at the embassy in tripoli in summer 2
FOX News
May 9, 2013 2:00am PDT
tense moments during the hearing which lasted a better half of the day. the three men gregory hicks marc thompson and eric nordstrom the deputy chief of the mission when the attacks unfolded and through out the night evidences in communication with ambassador chris stevens. the last hours of his life he says watching the administration handles the days after the attack. >> ambassador susan rice blamed the attacks on the video, in fact she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped and i was embarrassed. >> did she talk to you before she went on the five sunday talk shows. >> you were the highest ranking officials. >> did she have a conversation with you before she went on national television? >> no, sir. >> he asked the state department for more resources and support from the past. nordstrom was a top security officer in the months leading up to the attacks. he reacted to the moment when then secretary hillary clinton testified about the assault. at one point she said it didn't make a difference how the americans died that night. >> it m
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May 6, 2013 9:00pm PDT
, that's two weeks after. now i don't want to laugh, and gregory hicks is saying they knew from the getgo. and yet these -- you were denied access to these witnesses. were those statements concerted lies, in your opinion? >> i think not only were they untrue and no one to be untrue, but these brave individuals, particularly gregory hicks, coming forward, putting his career on the line to say i told them this was an attack, i tried to tell them consistently, he even talks in his testimony about calling the state department and saying that what susan rice couldn't have been true. how did they do it? and he said that his -- his statements were unwanted. and that ever since then it's been even harder on him. this is the kind of thing that you see and you don't believe u don't believe the denials, the delays, and then the outright count air tax. you understand the administration, including jay carney; on the attack trying to claim that the whistle blowers are somehow disgruntled or lying. this kind of attack is what we expect. it's one of the reason that the whistleblowers laws are in ef
FOX News
May 6, 2013 2:00pm PDT
official eric in nordstrom, gregory hicks. he took a frantic call from stevens when terrorists stormed the consulate. he reported an attack from the get go to folks back at home and not a demonstration. friday we told you about the weekly standard reporting on how the administration changed the talking points in the days after the attack and the sunday shows. it is not just republicans critical of obama's team for that. here is steven lynch on "fox news sunday." >> it was scrubbed. it was inaccurate. you are right. there is no excuse for that. there was false information. >> so maybe i will start with bob today. bob, you said -- you accused us of being obsessed with benghazi, but does it turn out there was more to the story than the liberals thought? >> it is more of the story from the beginning. it has been badly handled. it is clear the talking points were centered around a the cia. the state department changed it. by the time we got to the white house it had been altered some more. i haven't been critical of talking about benghazi. what i have been critical about is the lack
FOX News
May 9, 2013 1:00am PDT
. the second in command in libya, state department official gregory hicks took on that question. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you, perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, greg, we're under attack. >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice, she blamed this attack on a video. in fact, she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. and i was embarrassed. >> did she talk to you before she went on the five sunday talk shows? >> no, sir. >> bill: mr. hicks was in tripoli during the attacks and says he felt powerless to help the ambassador. >> i asked the defense attache who had been talking with after -- africom and joint staff. will anything be coming? will they be sending us any help? is there something out there? and he answered that, the nearest help was in aviano. the nearest where there were fighter planes. it will take two to three h
FOX News
May 9, 2013 3:00pm PDT
information as we saw in what we heard from gregory hicks yesterday. it was described universally as compelling. this guy was obviously speaking sincerely. he told them it was a terror attack. he was then reprimanded, shouted at, intimidated and demoted. he was told not to share the information with the congressional delegation, so they didn't want to hear the facts, and they didn't want a dissemination of the facts. that's what came out of yesterday, and i think there's no running away from that truth. >> bret: you saw speaker boehner, nina, lindsey graham, the senator from south carolina calling on secretary clinton to testify again as well as other people to testify again and calling for a special committee, investigating committee. where do you think this is headed? >> i think it was ramped up by yesterday's hearing, and i was happy to see speaker boehner call for the release of those internal e-mails. anybody who thought that this was just a republican hazing of the opposition party in power, i think those concerns were put to rest yesterday. i mean, there's so many unanswereans
FOX News
May 7, 2013 2:00am PDT
year. one of them gregory hicks the number two off facial will say this was not a terrorist attack. >> these brave vined you'lls particularly gregory hicks coming forward putting his career on the line saying i told them i tried to tell them consistently he talks in the testimony about calling the state department and saying what susan rice says couldn't have been true. >> that's a reference to then ambassador susan rice. that's questions about military sponsor lack there of and the same whistleblower already told congressional investigators that u.s. response teams were told to effectively stand down. the state department meantime says this hearing is all about politics. >> this is not a process where the community is working directly with us and trying to look as we keep safe in a complex environment. >> the role of then u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton two state department employees say he effectively tried to minimize the role of the counter-terrorism department within the state department in the aftermath of the attack. >>> doug luzader live in washington. thank you. >>
NBC
May 7, 2013 4:00am PDT
stop the onslaught. house republicans released an interview with gregory hicks the deputy chief of mission at the time and said he called for military help from four more special forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. hicks a diplomat not a military officer said, i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. the pentagon said commandos had to stay and defend the embassy and were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as for buzzing the benghazi consulate with fighter jets to scatter the attackers, the closest f-16s were in italy or at least five hours away. for months republicans charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but pushed back. >> what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: house republicans say they have sta
FOX News
May 9, 2013 6:00am PDT
the hill. here is an exchange between gregory hicks and trey gowdy. he was the last to speak with ambassador steve's the moaning he was killed. >> susan rice blamed his attack on a video, she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped and i was embarrassed. >> did she talk to you before she went on the five sunday talk shows? >> no, sir. >> you were the highest ranking official in libya at the time, correct? >> yes, sir. >> and she did not bother to have a conversation with you before she went on national television. >> no, sir. bill: that was just part of it. congressman tray guidey i -- coy gowdy is with me now. i think what a lot of viewers want to know is where this goes next. what's the answer to that? >> we need more hearings. we need more eye wh -- need mors accounts. people actually on the ground and have first-hand accounts. that's what we need to hear from. we need evidence. bill: who next comes before your committee? >> it depend on which one you are most interested in. jason chaffetz pursued questions on not to pursue
NBC
May 6, 2013 5:30pm PDT
republicans have released an interview with gregory hicks, at the time the deputy chief of missions, who said he called for military help from four more special forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. hicks, a diplomat, not a military officer, said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. the pentagon said the commandos had to stay and defend the embassy in tripoli and were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as for buzzing the benghazi consulate with fighter jets to scatter the attackers, the closest f-16s were in italy or at least five hours away. for months republicans have charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference, at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: now house republicans say
NBC
May 8, 2013 11:00am PDT
deputy in libya gregory hicks asked for help from special forces after the attacks that night but the military flat out turned him down. he claims the death of those two americans could have been prevented. >> back here in the bay area, the certainly is on for whoever shot bullets through an oakland fire station damaging some windows. take a look at these photos. the oakland fire department tweeted late last night. the caption said firefighters had to dive for cover as the bullets passed through one window and out the opposite side of the garage. no one was hurt. >>> investigators are trying to figure out the cause of an early morning fire. flames broke out about 2:25 at merritt bakery. it took crews two hours to put out the flames. there are no reports of injuries. this is not the first time the bakery caught fire. back in 2006, the flames caused about $150,000 in damage. the merritt bakery and restaurant first opened back in 195 3. >>> some good news, two of the four survivors in the limousine fire on the san mateo bridge are doing better this morning. very happy to hear that. j
NBC
May 8, 2013 5:30pm PDT
as we heard from ambassador stevens's second in command. gregory hicks, a career diplomat was holding down the fort at the embassy in tripoli last september 11 when he reached ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. >> i got the ambassador on the other end. he said, greg, we're under attack. >> reporter: the line went dead. he called washington as the benghazi mission was overtaken by terrorists. at 3:00 a.m. libya's prime minister called. >> i think it's the saddest phone call i have ever had in my life. he told me that ambassador stevens had passed away. >> reporter: today emotions were still raw. >> it matters to the american public for whom we serve and most importantly -- excuse me. it matters to the friends and family of -- ambassador stevens, sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods who were murdered on september 11, 2012. >> reporter: after hearings last fall and winter a damning report by an independent review board hillary clinton took the blame in january. >> i take responsibility. >> reporter: today house republicans said clinton and the review board didn't go far e
NBC
May 9, 2013 4:00am PDT
. >> reporter: gregory hicks a career diplomat was holding down the fort in tripoli last september 11th when he reached chris stevens in benghazi. >> i got the ambassador and he said greg we're under attack. >> reporter: the line went dead. he called washington. as the benghazi mission was overtaken by terrorists. at 3:00 a.m. libya's prime minister called. >> i think it's the saddest phone call i've ever had in my life. he told me that ambassador stevens had passed away. >> reporter: after hearing last fall and winter a damning report by an independent review board, hillary clinton took the blame in january. >> i take responsibility. >> reporter: but house republicans said clinton and the review board didn't go far enough with that admission. >> i find it stunning that four and a half months after the attack secretary clinton still has the gall to say it wasn't us. >> reporter: as the attack raged on in a second assault on a cia outpost, hicks testified he and a defense attache tried to send four more special forces to benghazi and pleaded for air support but the pentagon told him to s
MSNBC
May 9, 2013 2:00am PDT
: gregory hicks, a career diplomat, was holding down the fort in tripoli last september 11th when he reached ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. >> i got the ambassador on the other end. and he said, greg, we're under attack. >> reporter: the line went dead. he called washington as the benghazi mission was overtaken by terrorists. at 3:00 a.m., libya's prime minister called. >> it was the saddest phone call i've ever had in my life. he told me that ambassador stevens had passed away. >> reporter: after hearings last fall and winter, a damming report by an independent review board, hillary clinton took the blame in january. >> i take responsibility. >> reporter: house republicans said clinton and the review board didn't good far enough with that admission. >> i find it stunning that four and a half months after the attack secretary clinton still has the gull to say it wasn't us. >> reporter: as the attack raged on and a second assault on a cia outpost, hicks testified he and a defense person tried to send special forces to benghazi but the pentagon told them to stand down. >> i will
NBC
May 8, 2013 4:00am PDT
pentagon says there was no time for that. the jets were too far away. today we'll hear from gregory hicks who argues if he had gotten the help he asked for, those last two deaths which happened much later in the attack, early in the morning, may have been prevented. also today at that hearing, some lawmakers questioning whether or not the panel that looked into this, that review board, actually got access to everyone who needed to talk about it to all of the documents. the board's chairs in a statement say they did, but there's skepticism here on capitol hill as that hearing gets under way today. dara? >> thanks, tracie. >>> president obamas the costs would be severe if the u.s. did not intervene in syria's civil war, but he says the answers won't come easy. >> my job is to constantly measure our humanitarian efforts in syria. >> the crisis has recently intensified. the white house also believes the government of bashar al assad and not syrian rebels probably used chemical weapons against its people. an estimated 70,000 people have been killed so far in that bloody conflict. >>> choice words
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May 8, 2013 10:00am PDT
safety and security. three men being questioned or gregory hicks, he was number two to ambassador stevens. he was in tripoli on the night of attack and spoke to the ambassador moments before he was murdered. mark thompson that leads the support team. that is the government's on call team to rapidly respond to terrorist incidents and eric nordstrom who was the top security officer leading up to the attack. he talked before the house oversight committee in october of last year. here is a sample what they have revealed on the night of the attack, at times their testimony was emotional. >> i would also like to thank the committee for your continued efforts in in investigating all the details and all the decisions related to the attack on our diplomatic facility. specifically, the committee's to find out what happened prior and during the attack matter, it matters to me personally, and it matters to my colleagues at the state. it matters to the american public for whom we serve. most importantly -- excuse me -- it matters to the friends and family of ambassador stevens, 5 sean smith, g
MSNBC
May 7, 2013 2:30am PDT
stop the onslaught. now an interview with gregory hicks has been released, deputy chief of mission who says he called for military help from four more forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. a dploeiplomat, not a military officer said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning, because i believe the libyans would have split. they were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as far as buzzing the consulate to scatter fighters, they were in italy, at least five hours away. for months, republicans have charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference, at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> now house republicans say they have state department witnesses who can prove clinton covered up. >> it's damaging because it happened on her watch. i think the importa
MSNBC
May 9, 2013 2:30am PDT
sparked by protesting. diplomat gregory hicks says he was floored by that explanation. >> so fast forward, mr. hicks, to the talk shows that ambassador susan rice, she blamed this attack on the video. she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. and i was embarrassed. >> hicks who served as ambassador stephen's second in command said effectively demoted for questioning the administration's actions. he referenced an angry phone call he received from the chief of staff to then secretary of state hillary clinton according to him was upset that he spoke with a republican congressman without a state department lawyer present. the state department denies claims that mr. hicks faced retaliation for speaking out. for the congressmen, the tone of the hearing and focus on miss clinton pointed to a political agenda. >> what we have seen over the past two weeks is a full scale media campaign that is not designed to investigate what happened in a responsible and bipartisan way, but rather a launch of unfounded occasions to smear public offi
MSNBC
May 8, 2013 2:00am PDT
gregory hicks. he was the no. 2 diplomat in libya when a consulate was set up and attacked last fall. two ambassadors were killed. now in this testimony, we have a preview of what he's going to say today. hicks said there were special operations force, four available in tripoli. he asked for them and the military denied him. the state department saying those forces were needed to protect the embassy in tripoli. he also says he wanted jets scrambled overhead in benghazi to try to deter the attackers, but the military says that also was not possible because it would have taken them five hours to get there. they didn't have a midair refueler tank available. nevertheless, it is expected to be explosive testimony today. those lawmakers digging into whether the panel that investigated benghazi have as the panel chairs would say unfettered access to everyone who needed to testify. they're questioning whether or not people who had testimony on this were held back. we'll hear more on that today. >> all right, nbc news' tracy potts live in washington. thank you so much. >>> president obam
MSNBC
May 7, 2013 2:00am PDT
annex miles away. now house republicans have released an interview with gregory hicks, the deputy chief of mission who called for military help with four more operatives in tripoli but was overruled. he said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. but they had to stay and defend the compound in tripoli. scatter scatter jets, they were in italy. last january, hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: state department witnesses can prove clinton covered up. >> it's damaging because it happened on her watch. the important thing is that it's -- hillary clinton is no longer secretary of state. there are many people still at state department who were involved in this at the highest levels who
NBC
May 8, 2013 4:30am PDT
attack last year. deputy chief gregory hicks expected to tell congress today he asked for more help from u.s. special forces after the first two attacks on that night but the military turned him down. he claims the deaths of two americans could have been prevented. >>> $1 million reward offered in the case of a former los angeles police officer turned suspected killer will be split three ways. massive manhunt for christopher dorner took place in february after he allegedly killed four people, including two law enforcement officers. the lapd says the couple who called police after being held hostage by dorner inside their cabin in big bear will receive 80% of the award. a man who found dorner's burning truck will get 15% and the last 5% will go to a tow truck driver who spotted dorner early in the manhunt. >>> it will be illegal to launch the flying paper lanterns, popular for weddings, memorials and religious ceremonies, but county officials say they are now a serious fire hazard, work like hot air balloons lighted by a tiny candle. just last summer unattended lantern caused a brush
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May 8, 2013 7:00pm PDT
refuel. >> and gregory hicks told of the -- of a disturbing disagreement with the military that night about when to send a rescue team from tripoli to benghazi. >> people in benghazi had been fighting all night. they were tired. they were exhausted. wanted to make sure the airport was secure for their withdrawal. as colonel gibson and his three personnel were getting in the car cars, he stopped and he called them off and said, told me that he had not been authorized to go. the colonel gibson was furious. i had told him to go bring our people home, that's what he wanted to do. paid me a very nice compliment. i won't repeat it here. so the plane went, i think it landed in benghazi around 7:30. >> so what you have there was a disagreement between the people on the ground in libya and the military commanders somewhere else who delayed the authorization of the flight to benghazi, but even if the flight had gone as soon as possible, according to the testimony we heard today it would have arrived after the damage was done. and if this was a hearing run by a chairman who actually wanted to ge
CBS
May 5, 2013 8:30am PDT
for it. we can't find a diplomatic reason for it. understand gregory hicks who became the acting ambassador, witnessed our relationship with libya on this show go the wrong way because on this show, susan rice says it was a protest. the president, the elected president saying no it was a terrorist attack. you can't insult a foreign leader in a greater way than happened literally here just those few daze later. >> schieffer: but do you think they were trying to cover up the fact that the state departments had turned down requests for more security that had been coming in from the diplomats on the the ground there? is that what this is about? >> well, perhaps in part, but it does seem like it's bigger than that. there was this normalization, sompt a mentality where you had to pretend like things were safe, the war on terror was over. and that may have gone in a great way to getting people to say well, we can't call this a terrorist attack because then the war on terror is back alive. well, bob, the war on terror is very much alive, whether it's chechen nationals come here, opener w
FOX News
May 4, 2013 10:00am PDT
names that have been a closely guardedashw are public. eric nordstrom, gregory hicks and mark thompson. they all have information on the benghazi attacks that they want to tell congress. we heard from nordstrom previously back in october when he testified before the same house committee that will hear from the three men on wednesday. nordstrom was the top security officer in libya in the months leading up to the attacks and said previously that the state department refused his requests for more security. the two other men, gregory hicks, he was the second highest ranking u.s. diplomat in libya at the time of the attacks and mark thompson, a state department counter terrorism official. they describe themselves as benghazi whistle blowers. the committee says other witnesses may be added to that hearing. meanwhile, one washington attorney who says she represents benghazi whistleblower but won't say who splansz how she thinks wednesday's hearing will go. >> the overview of their testimony will tell what happened with the security issues prior to september 11th, what happened the n
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May 8, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. professionals, not politicians. their names are gregory hicks, mark thompson and eric nordstrom. gregory hicks was the deputy chief of mission at the embassy in libya when the attacks unfolded. second in command under the libyan ambassador chris stevens who died in that attack. then there is mark thompson, he leads an on call emergency support team. a group that rapidly responds to terrorist attacks all over the world. and then eric nordstrom. he was the top security officer in libya in the months leading to those attacks. now, the deputy chief hicks spoke today about the efforts to get any help to the americans at benghazi. and he said a defense specialist told him fighter jets were not an option. >> he said it would take two to three hours for them to get on site but that there were also no tankers available for them to refuel. and i said thank you very much. and we went on with our work. >> shepard: hicks later described what he called the saddest phone call of his life when he learned that ambassador stevens was dead and he talked about the frustrations with getting a team t
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May 6, 2013 12:00pm PDT
hearing on the benghazi attacks. one of the people we'll hear from, gregory hicks. number two ambassador to chris stevens who was killed that night. darrell issa gave as you hint of what we'll hear from the witness on wednesday. >> we know one thing. the talking points were right and wrong. the cia knew it was a terrorist attack. the deputy chief gregory hicks knew it was a terrorist attack. the ambassador before he died, one of the last words he ever said is we're under attack. >> that would be a contradiction to how the white house says the attacks unfolded. in fact hicks said his jaw hit the floor as he watched ambassador rice on those now infamous sunday show appearances. other so-called whistle blowers from other agencies including the cia have provided information to congressional investigators but are unwilling to speak publicly because of a fear of retaliation. our next guest knows all too well about that culture. he is the filmmaker behind war on whistle blowers featuring four people whose lives were destroyed after they exposed government wrongdoing. robert green well interview
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May 8, 2013 8:00am PDT
bureau of counterterrorism. mr. gregory hicks is a 22 year veteran and foreign service officer and the former deputy chief for the u.s. embassy in libya. after ambassador stevens was murdered, mr. hicks became the acting chief, or as they say, he was, in fact, the highest ranking officer, if you will, america's representative in libya. mr. eric nordstrom is a former regional security officer in libya. and perhaps, the foremost in the most knowledgeable person about security requests that were made and denied to the u.s. diplomatic mission in libya and also in benghazi, ultimately in benghazi. mr. cummings, we will have, from time to time, our disagreement. but i know that for all the members of this committee, we understand that these disagreements must be kept on the side of the desk. the brave witnesses deserve this committee was called to testify. the brave whistleblowers are what make this committee and their work so important. we are the ones that lead underneath this president. the public has a right to their accounts. we must respect whistleblowers and work on a bipartisan b
CNN
May 6, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. that's what gregory hicks, chief of mission in libya at the time, told house republican investigators. >> the point this plane was being loaded, it was between the first attack that killed two and the second attack that killed two more. they may not have arrived in time to save lives, but at the time that the decision was made, the decision was wrong. >> who made that decision? >> we want to find out who made this decision. >> the pentagon has not yet responded to hicks' claim. darrell issa calls hicks a benghazi whistle blower who will bolster gop claims that obama officials knew from the start that it was not what they suggested, a spontaneous demonstration. i think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning, hicks told investigators. saying slain ambassador chris stephens final report to hicks was, greg, we are under attack. earlier this year, hillary clinton snapped at republicans for dwelling on questions about what sparked at tack. >> the fact is we had four dead americans. what difference at this point does it make? >> hicks told investigators
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May 4, 2013 3:00pm PDT
public. the names are eric nordstrom, gregory hicks, and mark tampson. we've heard from nordstrom previously back in october when he testified before the same house committee that will hear from the men on wednesday. he was the top security officer in libya in the months leading up to the attacks and said previously that the state department refused his request for more security. two other men, gregory hicks, the second highest ranking u.s. diplomat in libya at the time of the attacks, and mark tampson, state department counterterrorism official have not told their stories publicly. the committee says other witnesses may be added to the hearing. meanwhile, one washington attorney, who says she represents a benghazi whistle blower, but won't say who, explains how she thinks wednesday's hearing will go. >> the overview of their testimony will tell what happened with the security issue s prior to september 11, what happened the night of september 11, and then what happened afterwards, including retaliation against employees. >> talking there obviously about a september 11, 2012 when
MSNBC
May 6, 2013 11:00am PDT
interview with gregory hicks from april 11th. so from last month saying the house oversight and government reform committee releasing this partial transcript of an interview hicks telling investigators that a team of special forces troops was ordered not to fly from tripoli to benghazi during the attack by u.s. special operations command south africa. hicks is scheduled to testify at this open hearing on benghazi attacks. he said if he was able to, he believes, if the u.s. had been able to scramble a fighter or an aircraft in that area, that things would have turned out much differently. so how important do you think that the diplomat gregory hicks' testimony will be on wednesday? >> we'll see. i wouldn't be surprised if it more sensational than the testimony would be. after all, admiral mullen and pickering who led this review and board who talked to dozens and dozens of witnesses and went through thousands and thousands of pages of materials, their conclusion was the decisions, whether to intervene militarily, what was capable of being done within the time frame were all done
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